For the last ten years, liposuction has been the only treatment offered for people who wanted to rid their bodies of fat pockets and reshape their natural curves. Today, there are now alternatives and one very popular technique is SmartLipo. This procedure is less invasive than liposuction, but both the traditional liposuction and SmartLipo are common procedures with benefits and risks associated with them.

The major difference between Liposuction and SmartLipo is the laser technique used in SmartLipo. In a traditional liposuction, fat cells are extracted from the body by suction through an incision made in the skin, without the benefit of a laser. A smaller incision is made with SmartLipo where a cannula is inserted. The laser breaks up fatty deposits that would otherwise need to be broken up by hand, causing the usual bruising and swelling that affect liposuction patients.

The long recovery time is often times associated with the traditional liposuction. Some patients who undergo liposuction will have to remain in bed for weeks, not able to move without severe pain. SmartLipo patients rarely ever take more than two or three days for recovery and usually go back to work after a longer weekend. This gives the method of SmartLipo a great advantage over liposuction when a patient has a job, family and life to continue to live.

Liposuction is both invasive and extensive and is performed under anesthesia. It is not different from other major surgeries except it is elective and not necessary for survival. The body is greatly affected by any type of procedure of this extent. Since SmartLipo is far less painful and less invasive than traditional liposuction, it is less traumatic on the body.

The bleeding, swelling, bruising and scars of liposuction often times outweigh the benefits of losing pounds and inches. The recovery of the procedure also depends on the patient’s body type and his or her ability to heal quickly. With some techniques of SmartLipo, suction is not used at all. This means the body is able to dispose on its own the obliterated fat cells. When using suction, as in the traditional liposuction, results are more dramatic but may take a lot longer to heal.